As the number of people conducting online job searches, the Consumer Protection Board warned consumers to be very suspicious of e-mail job offers looking legitimate but containing multiple grammatical and spelling errors, asking for personal information such as Social Security numbers or bank account information and requiring upfront processing fees for things like background checks as these can lead to identity theft.

Particularly troubling for job hunters is a “Phishing scam” involving e-mails allegedly sent from websites where, after creating an account on job board sites, job hunters receive a response indicating a problem. These e-mails con readers into linking to a site, which then infects computers with viruses, worms and other harmful programs, leaving consumers without a job and without a functioning computer.

Additional Resource

PrivacyRights.org – Avoiding Online Job Scams

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